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Presentation: Variety: The Secret of Scale

Track: “Don’t Mess Up The Culture!”—Scaling with Sanity

Location: St James, 4th flr.

Duration: 2:55pm - 3:45pm

Day of week: Tuesday

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Abstract

When we talk about “scale,” the conversation tends to be restricted to talk about scaling the size of the organization. What if negative consequences of scale eg silos, frustration, and even cumbersome expense policies are actually a consequence of attempting to scale the size of an organization without also scaling the amount of tolerable variety? Further, what if we should be doing more than just tolerating variety? What if increased space for (and decreased cost of) variety is a reason to scale, not just a curious byproduct?

 

If you seek to scale variety, you must understand and overcome the natural human aversion to ambiguity. This session provides an approach for incurring variety where it makes sense within the coherence of a longer-term vision.

Speaker: Cat Swetel

Agile Methods Coach & Advocate for Woman in Tech

Cat Swetel specializes in using Lean techniques to increase the agility and adaptability of large and long-historied technology organizations. Specifically, she has worked with several Fortune 100 companies in highly regulated industries such as financial services and healthcare. Cat has been invited to speak internationally about her pragmatic approach to enabling technology leaders to make better, more timely, data-informed decisions.

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